What do you do when the mercury’s rising and you can’t stand another day inside? Nikitha Sudhir rounds up some of Muscat’s top spots for beating the heat without skimping on your social life.
Handling summer in Oman is a bit like coping with winter in a cool European country.
We tend to hibernate, and crank up the AC just as easily as the Germans or Brits blast their central heating.
But we don’t need to turn into recluses. As temperatures touch 50 degrees, we can ‘keep calm and carry on’ as they say in the UK.
That means thinking out of the box, and not panicking if we find ourselves waiting for a taxi in the midday sun for more than about ten minutes.
Here are some options to keep you calm, cool and collected over the summer. Enjoy!
We all like places to eat, drink and socialise that are cool (in every sense). Jashn Restaurant in Al Khuwair fits the bill, and provides Indian fare with a twist. Pani poori shots tickle our taste-buds with exciting combos ranging from tamarind juice to guava. They are also very easy on the eye, as dry ice adds some extra-needed oomph to its dishes. You will find this eatery on Al-Kuleiah Street.
Oman Balloon is the first and only tethered helium balloon in Oman and the Middle East. It’s a sporting and adventure activity that will not only fills your lungs with fresh air but offer an unparalleled 360 degree view of your world, from 50 metres up. Rides are available from 5pm every day, at Al Amerat Park.
Got a head for heights, and want the thrill of climbing within a comfortable, controlled environment? It might be time to check out the Muscat Climbing Centre in Al Ghubrah. Its huge wall is full of holes, but they are the artificial crevices that will help you scale your way to the summit (in a safety harness, of course). There is a team of knowledgeable and skilled staff to help put you through your paces; and it’s all in a vibrant open space that just inspires adventure.
If you are the kind of person that likes sitting and sipping on bubble tea and enjoying a bite with a view all around you, Meito Café on Al Mouj is just for you! Bubble tea is so in trend that most people are constantly checking out new places to try it. This place is one of the coolest as the café is a double decker bus, which has been turned into a restaurant with artistic lights. You can take your tea out onto the terrace and watch the sun go down over the seafront, which is always a great way to unwind.
Thrill-seekers might want to make their way to Xcape Muscat, where the thrill of Oman’s first live escape room will test your energies, skills and crisis-coping abilities. It takes up to two hours to solve all the problems you’ll be given and the real question is whether or not you will actually manage to escape the room within the allotted time. There are various storylines you can choose from, varying from prison break to a Medusa-themed puzzle. Take on this challenging activity in Villa 503 A, Al Mazoon St., El Khoud between 4:00 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. It costs RO8 per person.